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灯笼 means lantern in the general sense, that is, a portable lighting device or mounted light fixture used to illuminate broad areas. The hot air balloon you described is 'sky lantern', which is called 天灯 (sky lantern) or 孔明灯 (Kongming Lantern) in Chinese.


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There are a few substitutes I can think of: 信任是要靠努力得来的 (trust is obtained through hard work) 信任是要争取的 (trust must be fought for) 信任是要赢得的 (trust must be won) 信任是要经营的 (trust needs to be maintained) 信任是要用时间去积累的 (trust is acquired over a period of time) If you are looking for a word, I think 争取[zhēngqǔ] is a good replacement for 赚 because it means to put in ...


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欲 -- willing, want 速 -- speedy, quick 则 -- then, but 不 -- not, negative 达 -- arrive, done If you want to finish it quicker, then you probably can't get it done (correctly).


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as well as: 和;以及;如同;像...一樣;既...又...; Depends on the context, you can choose a suitable one. We go to play football today as well as every sunday morning. 和每周日上午一樣,我們今天也去踢足球。 我們今天和每周日上午一樣去踢足球。 We go to play football today and every sunday morning. 我們今天和每個星期天早上都去踢足球。 I can see the road every bit as well as you can.‎ 我可以像你一樣看清楚路上的一切。 The moon as well as the ...


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恋人 perfectly fits your need, its gender and age neutral, and can be used in formal settings. 情人 somehow fits your need, but is not as good, because it could also mean an extramarital lover, which may cause misunderstanding. 爱人 is also gender neutral, but usually refers to partner in marriage.


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'Obscene' is not 下流(no class/ bad taste) or 輕佻 (frivolous) One definition of obscene is 不堪入目 , it is used to describe perverted, immoral act or behavior For example: Taking a child from his mother and claim it is all for enforcing the law (which is not true) is an obscene (不堪入耳- too perverted and immoral to the ears) argument Another definition of ...


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just can list some famous universities as below: 1. Adelphi University 亞狄非大學 2. American University 美國大學 3. Arizona State University 亞利桑那州立大學 4. Andrews University 安德魯斯大學 5. Boston University 波士頓大學 6. Biola University 比奧拉大學 7. Baylor University 貝勒大學 8. Ball State University 鮑爾州立大學 9. Duke University 杜克大學 10. Drexel University 德雷塞爾大學 11. DePaul University ...


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You can use '表舅', because he is your mother's '表哥'. Basically I think there are three prefixes that you can add to relationship words: '亲' (directly/closely related, which is usually omitted), '堂', '表'. All your ancestors, siblings (that share at least father or mother with you), and descendant are '亲'. '堂' only refers to your father's brothers' children. ...


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洞燭先機//////未雨綢繆//////防微杜漸//////防患未然


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五羊牌 牌: brand. 五羊(five sheeps) is the brand name. 广州市 Guangzhou City 广州制帽厂 Guangzhou hat factory 出品 produced, product 规格 specification Reasonably, the whole thing in English might become something like (stuff that you can leave out for a nicer translation is between square brackets): Wuyang [Hats] A product of Guangzhou Hat Factory [in Guangzhou] ...


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还 ( hái ㄏㄞˊ ) (7) 更加 [even more]。 (9) 不但(不仅,不光)…还… [not only ...... but also]。 In the economic sense, good ideas can increase productivity, and can also produce new innovations and inventions. 在经济方面,好的想法能提高生产力,而且还能产生创新和发明。 Similar words of 还能: 还可以 好的想法可以提高生产力,(而且)还可以产生创新和发明。 也可以、也能 好的想法可以提高生产力,(而且)也可以产生创新和发明。 更可以、更能 好的想法可以提高生产力,(而且)更可以产生创新和发明。 ...


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I can't recall any Chinese expressions used in the same way as calling out with 'Surprise!' in English. I guess the reason might be that Chinese Culture doesn't make Chinese people as playful as English Culture making its people. We say something different from 'surprise!' in similar cases: I bring a gift to a friend, before showing him/her the gift, I say:...


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The 2010 book "Jews and Judaism in Modern China", by M. Avrum Ehrlich, translates kosher as jieshi. Both the Pleco and KTdict iOS apps also offer 洁食(*jieshi*) as a translation for kosher.


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Yes, people use ‘kuài’ in conversation, as in ‘yī qiān duō kuài’ (over 1,000 NT$). You can also add ‘qián’ to make it clear you’re talking about amounts of money: ‘wŭ shí kuài qián’ (50 NT$). You might want to use ‘(xīn) tái bì’ when changing money, as in ‘qĭng gĕi wŏ tái bì’ (please give me Taiwan dollars). I don’t know what was used in previous periods,...


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As many have said the "proper" way to refer to the currency of Taiwan is 新台币 (Xīn tái bì) which is literally broken down to 新 (Xīn) = New and 台币 (tái bì) = Taiwan Dollars Old Taiwan dollars are referred to as 舊臺幣* (旧台币) (jiù tái bì) However you would only refer to them by these proper names when dealing with multiple currencies. When referring to ...


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程序员 is widely used in China as “programmer”。


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You can translate 'moral' as 寓意 and thus 'have a moral' as '有寓意' (故事要有寓意). Alternatively, you could say 故事要有教育意义 (the story has to be educational).


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We don't use 補 or 縫補 in Taiwan. We use 修改衣服 instead. When you like to get the clothes mended, you should find the 修改衣服/換拉鏈 (Modify clothes/Change zippers) signs as follows. We still call the person who does these works 老闆.


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Zeptoseconds = 仄普托秒 / 仄秒 / (Taiwan Guoyu: 介秒) 仄(仄普托)= zepto- Yoctoseconds = 幺科托秒 / 幺秒 / (Taiwan Guoyu: 攸秒) 幺(幺科托) = yocto- The shortened forms, i.e.: 仄秒 & 幺秒 are probably more accessible than their long forms. You can check out this Metric SI Prefixes Table in Chinese for even more details. Heres a quick and dirty current screen grab for reference:


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My guess is: 瞧瞧 qiaoˊ qiaoˊ When spoken in dialog you may hear qiaoˊ qiao˙, meaning they want you to take a look at something. Here are some examples.


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Should be 瞅瞅, can be chou or qiu based on where you are in the northern China. This should be considered as a dialect rather than standard Mandarin.


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In gaming field, (of) long range is commonly translated into 远程 or 远距离, and ranged attacked is 远程攻击. You can use 射程 when you want to express the notion of range. By the way, 主力 is not the right word for strength. If you use 主力 here, it means primary (attack method). To say strength you may want to use 强项 or 优势. So I would translate this way: "The great ...


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Actually 金 and 柑 are both pronounced gam1 in Cantonese, according to Rita Mei-Wah Choy’s ‘Read and Write Chinese’. While it may be better to refer to Shantou as Chaozhou (潮州), I think CA55CE37 is onto something here. Indeed, in chaozhouhua 大橘/桔 (orange) and 大吉 (great luck) are apparently near homophones. A Thai source I have mentions this as well and ...


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In the scenario that a third party witnessed an insult of others two, or someone try to lighthearted fight back a insult, maybe "雷死了"(lei2 si3 le) in Chinese can fit in. "雷" means Thunder. "雷死了" means someone think it's somewhat funny unbelievable and be shocked. A longer version is "雷得外焦里嫩" (Lei2 De Wai4 Jiao1 Li3 Nen4), which means someone got attached ...


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The other answers are absolutely correct – it’s not smart to talk about countable and uncountable nouns in Chinese. However, like many languages, Chinese does have words that express abstract concepts or that are somehow inherently plural. How are these dealt with in a system where everything must be counted/measured? Here’s how one grammar explains it. ...


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I think 点蜡烛 is more common as it is more used in daily speaking. 点燃蜡烛 is more formal to me and sounds like written Chinese. I come from HK so I am not sure the usage in other places.


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